summer of 2013 b

November 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

tea time

tea time

family camping trip

family camping trip

Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez

private vineyards in St. Tropez

private vineyards, private estate in St. Tropez, not too shabby…

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There are a lot of pictures to go through from our summer vacation. So many things were done, so many people were seen again, so many new memories were made. One thing that I really love about France is that they take their vacation time seriously. And why not? Everyone needs time off. It’s insane to think that people are given such little time off in certain countries. It’s rendered people into objects instead of people. We are not robots.

With Thanksgiving around the corner it’s now that time of the year when you can’t help but be thankful for all of the blessings that you have in your life (if you are anyhow connected with North American culture). Thanksgiving- with all of the controversies surrounding the holiday it’s still such a great time of getting together with loved ones and just being happy for what you have. Plain and simple.

Love and light, always

Danielle

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summer of 2013 a

September 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

my boy and his sweet girlfriend

my boy and his sweet girlfriend

Pierre and I during the gala dinner of the conference that he organized

Pierre and I during the gala dinner of the conference that he organized

vacationing with friends afterwards

vacationing with friends afterwards

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taken in the dinosaur section of marine land

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visiting the castle that was on the grounds of our B&B

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Les Baux de Provence

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Has it been that long already? The summer has come and gone and we did so many things that I sometimes forget about parts of it until I’m reminded of the event by a picture. If that’s a complaint then I suppose that I have no complaints :)

This summer was also filled with a lot of work. A lot. I was working hard, with a partner, trying to set up a permanent place for Learn and Play en Anglais. Unfortunately, the end result was that we didn’t realize the amount of time that it would take to get permission to go ahead and set up our physical location. There were security and accessibility checks that had to be done, even if we didn’t technically need to have them done in the first place… Actually, it’s much more complicated than that and there were doors slammed in our faces and people that weren’t the most helpful but, fortunately for us, we learned a lot and all of that knowledge will be put to good use in the future. That’s right. Just because it doesn’t work the first time doesn’t mean that it’s over.

In the meantime I’m going to continue to give classes at a little open school in town and to also give group classes at home. I’m positive about this, I know that things don’t always turn out as planned or happen according to our idea of an ideal schedule. That’s ok. The main thing is that I know, for a fact, that I’m doing something that makes me happy. It’s all positive and it’s all high spirits from here.

Love and light,

Danielle

 

 

birthday party

June 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

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headdress craft

headdress craft

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We celebrated Théo’s fourth birthday party recently. He was so happy to help me out with the decorations and very proud to wear his Peter Pan costume. During the party we made indian headdresses and ate some extreme chocolate cake. I’d say that it was a success! My little boy is growing up, everyday he says things that make me realize how much of our world he takes in. Practically all of it. Everyday I see myself in his actions, or in comments that he makes, and I’m reminded of how much of an impact my general attitude has on him. There’s a lot of responsibility in that.

Personally, I’ve had so much on my mind recently with work. Good thoughts though. I’ve been working really hard, trying to get my dream up off the ground. I’d like to take Learn and Play en Anglais to new heights! Off we go, to the stars and beyond!!

Love and light,

Danielle

fête mondiale du jeu

May 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

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We attended our first annual “World Game Party Day” or at least that’s what I think it would be translated as. I don’t really know what I was expecting but I can tell you that I was pretty impressed when I saw all of the hard work and creativity that had been put into the decorations. It has inspired me to take up a paper mâché project with the kids.  The last time I did that was in university where I was made to create handmade puppets for children to go along with a story (I’m not sure that there are many teachers that have time for all of that but I suppose it’s the thought that counts…) Anyhow, nice job to all of those teachers, aides and volunteers for a job well done.

Last but not least, I leave you with my favorite boy in the world. He was SO proud to present me with my first ever handmade Mother’s Day gift. I actually got to open it a few days early (Mother’s Day is actually today here in France) and I had thought that it would be nice to light it over dinner. Two seconds later he blew it out. I don’t know, he mentioned something about it being my birthday. I guess I could understand how he’d get the two occasions mixed up.

Love and light,

Danielle

being creative at home

May 24, 2013 § 2 Comments

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Rain activity by Learn and Play en Anglais

Rain activity by Danielle for Learn and Play en Anglais

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There’s never a dull moment when you have little ones under your roof. In my case, I try my hardest to do as much as I can with them and since I naturally gravitate to all things that are artistically creative (especially the messy versions) I usually find that I have as much fun (or more perhaps) as they do. The painting that they did has now dried and is waiting for the next painting session. I have a feeling that it will be displayed proudly in our living room.

Love and light,

Danielle

 

 

 

a year and a half

May 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

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We celebrated the fact that our baby girl turned a year and a half this weekend. She says “no”, she makes the Spiderman “hand sign” perfectly (thanks to her brother), she paints like a pro, loves to Skype her grandparents in Spain, pushes her baby doll’s stroller with the determination of a British nanny and stands her ground when you don’t give in to her demands. She’s one tough little cookie and we love her so.

Love and Light,

Danielle

p.s. Picture number two was taken at the movies today. It was the first time that my boy went with friends and it was in 3D to boot. During the movie he and one of his buddies held hands. So very sweet.

boats

May 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

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We went out for a little family walk at the beginning of the month and happened to be at the port at the exact moment that the Calanques Classique race was starting. For being a little town I do quite admire that they try to stay active around here.

Love and light,

Danielle

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